Now and then, LoDo's storied history
This urban district has a storied history that has helped shaped LoDo into the cultural hub it is today. Following a fire in 1860, many of the district’s red-brick buildings were resurrected with Market Street shifting into a red light district in the 1920s. Fifty years later, the district became a warehouse center.
Today, LoDo attracts tourists with one of the largest concentrations of Victorian and early 20th century architecture. Enjoy the newly renovated Union Station with its bright orange “Travel by Train” sign, which gives way to a Classical Beaux Arts design, creating the transportation hub’s grand entrance and stunning waiting room.
An eclectic hub of Denver attractions
Window-shop during the day in Larimer Square, perusing chic fashions, or stop in at the Rockmount Ranch Wear flagship store and museum, where Papa Jack Weil pioneered the western snap-button shirt and kept presidents and rock stars well-dressed. If you’re into rare book titles, scour the shelves of the Tattered Cover, one of the largest independent booksellers in the country.
And if you’re still hankering for more art (even after checking in at the ART, a hotel, fuel your obsession with a visit to the David Adjaye-designed Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver). With five distinct galleries, the MCA features regional, national and international artists, promoting creative experimentation in an innovative forum.
Walk up 15th Street from the ART hotel toward Larimer Square. Coors Field, home to the Rockies, and the Pepsi Center, Denver’s sporting and concert arena, flank the 20-block area on either side.
Plucked in the heART of Denver
The Millennium Bridge, a tubular steel footbridge that resembles the mast of a large ship, stretches 200 feet into the sky and connects Riverfront Park and the 16th Street Mall. The bridge provides this pedestrian-friendly city with fantastic views of LoDo, along with the Platte River. Make the climb yourself or take an elevator ride to the top. When you need a break from walking, hop on the free 16th Street shuttle to move throughout LoDo and downtown Denver.
Evenings in LoDo are lively thanks to its cheerful late-night crowds. Sports fans flock to the area to celebrate a win after a Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets or Colorado Avalanche game. Other visitors come to indulge in a meal at Rioja, Osteria Marco or Euclid Hall, following up their dinner with a glass of champagne at Corridor 44 or a beer from one of the many breweries the district features. Wynkoop Brewing, Great Divide Brewing and Breckenridge Brewery are among the hotspots bubbling to the top of the craft brew scene.